Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life


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St. Martin's Press
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5.67 X 8.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

MARGARET SULLIVAN is an award-winning media critic and a groundbreaking journalist. She was the first woman appointed as public editor of the New York Times and went on to the Washington Post as media columnist. She started her career as a summer intern at her hometown Buffalo News and rose to be that paper's first woman editor-in-chief. Find her on Twitter!


"An opinionated but fair and accessible tour of the big debates roiling the "reality-based press," as she calls mainstream newsrooms.... Sullivan remains the critic American journalism requires, a veteran practitioner with street cred, still in touch with the 'unaccountable joy' of reporting and writing that continues to draw talented young people to the field."--Steve Coll, The New York Times Book Review

"If Sullivan started out intending to write a memoir, she ended up with a manifesto. This is a book about the role of the press in a democracy that's in grave jeopardy."--Kathy Kiely, The Washington Post

"A beguiling memoir."--Charles Kaiser, The Guardian

"Newsroom Confidential might have been just another journalist's rehash of stories-literally old news-except that the story in front of Sullivan was the struggle of the U.S. press to save itself and, maybe along with it, American democracy."--Karl Vick, Time

"The great newswoman takes a clear-eyed look at her own storied career and the troubled state of her much-loved profession."--People

"It's rare that a respected critic writes a dishy, fun book that also packs an important message, but when she does, it's a must-read."--Molly Jong-Fast, The Atlantic

"Margaret Sullivan's perspective on our increasingly cacophonous media ecosystem is invaluable. By detailing her personal and professional experiences in this wise and engaging memoir, she pulls the curtain back to reveal how journalism really works and the very human decisions behind it."--Katie Couric